Management Practices

An empathetic leader? Yes; a pushover? No

July 9, 2020
In these difficult times, we look to business leaders to take the helm of their company with confidence and authority. However, now is not the time to rule with an iron fist.

Avoid 3 critical errors when reopening the office

June 30, 2020
In a still-confusing time, you want to get people back to work, and keep them there. But Dan Kaplan,a partner at Foley & Lardner’s Madison, Wisconsin office and a leader on the firm’s Coronavirus Task Force, has some reminders for us of the organizational and legal issues we cannot look past.

Shouldn’t we place more value on our values?

June 10, 2020
Q: We have our company’s core values plastered all over the place, but little by little you can sense that they’re being pushed aside in the name of profit and expediency. This has happened in more than one place I’ve worked. How do I call attention to this without seeming like a complainer or a troublemaker? I can just hear it now: “That’s what you’re bothering us with?”

Lead with and through enthusiasm

February 13, 2020
Are you enthusiastic about your organization, its products or services, and your role as a manager and leader? Just as you set an example in your work, try setting one with your attitude.

5 work ideals that are disappearing

November 20, 2019
The workplace is constantly changing—or should be changing—to adapt to new trends, technology and shifts in business. Jacob Morgan, a keynote speaker, author and futurist who focuses on the workplace, believes that the following old-school workplace ideals are on their way out.

Which meetings are worthwhile? A test

September 26, 2019
Here’s a revolutionary way to determine which meetings are truly worthwhile: Cancel all formal meetings for a month.

When a leader falls ill

September 12, 2019
Realistically, this situation may create uncertainty, and it does present possible risk to employees and shareholders. The fear of loss is real.

It’s playtime! The benefits of desktop toys and gadgets

August 9, 2019
While your office needn’t resemble a 5-year-old’s playroom, a carefully chosen toy or two can prove beneficial. Here’s a look at some items people keep around and the purposes they serve.

The problem with org charts

August 8, 2019
Does your company use an org chart? If it does, have you ever considered the demotivational effect of being regularly exposed to a hierarchical visual?

Organizational agility: The essential 21st century mandate

July 11, 2019
In a world of constant disruption, organizational agility has become essential for long-term growth and sustainability. It involves seeking out new information, driving innovation and embracing change in a collaborative way.